Michael Gilburd, ASA, MST, CPA
President and Chief Executive Officer
Over the past several decades, Michael has prepared valuations and assisted in debt and equity placements from tens of thousands to millions and hundreds of millions of dollars while working for major financial companies.
Founded in 1999 by Mr. Gilburd, ValuCorp is a national firm offering expert business valuation services and consulting of creating, improving and preserving value, capital markets and corporate finance advisory, transaction and fairness opinions, restructuring advisory, and management consulting. While serving many industries, ValuCorp specializes in financial institutions, healthcare companies, manufacturing and distribution, professional service firms, energy companies, construction, real estate ventures, restaurants and consumer product companies.
Prior to ValuCorp, Mr. Gilburd was:
- Managing Director of corporate finance for two American Express companies, where he assisted in raising funds for various transactions, including acquisitions and public offerings.
- National Director of Corporate Finance for BDO USA, one of the nation’s largest accounting and consulting firms, and a member of their International Corporate Finance Committee.
- Internal Revenue Agent, Manhattan District, New York
Director and Advisory Board Experience includes:
- Associated Physicians Group, Chiropractic Medicine, Pain and Rehab facilities, O’Fallon, Illinois
- Arrowhead Health, Family Medicine, Pain and Rehab facility, Glendale, Arizona
- Delta International Oil & Gas, Inc., Scottsdale, Arizona
- Alden Lee Company, Inc. Music furniture manufacturer, Menlo Park, California
- LJ International, designer, manufacturer, and marketer of jewelry using precious and color gemstones, and diamonds, Hung Hom, Hong Kong
Mr. Gilburd’s credentials include:
- Accredited Senior Appraiser – Business Valuation Specialty (1989 – currently)
- SEC Registered Investment Advisor (1996 – 2000)
- NASD General Securities Principal (1984 – 2002)
- CPA (New York State 1972 – currently inactive)
- Master of Science in Taxation from Bentley University, Massachusetts
- Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Long Island University, New York
Numerous expert reports:
- Accepted by the Securities and Exchange Commission
- Rendered as a “qualified appraiser” as defined under I.R.S. Treasury Regulation 1.170A-13(c)(3), i.e., ValuCorp is a “qualified appraisal firm” and Michael S. Gilburd is a “qualified appraiser.”
- Accepted by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court
- Accepted by the Superior Court for the State of Arizona
- Accepted by Small Business Administration lenders
Mr. Gilburd has authored many Business Valuations, Family Limited Partnership Valuations and Loan Packages for private and confidential transactions and settlements.
More than thirty years of experience in financial transactional services and corporate development
Joseph W. Abrams, Director and Shareholder, is an entrepreneur, investor and advisor. An expert in emerging growth companies, he is currently an early-stage investor and advisor with Recruiter.com, the online global recruiting service. Abrams has advised or acted as principal in dozens of mergers and acquisitions, financing transactions, and has been involved with several eco-friendly and socially responsible businesses.
- He co-founded The Software Toolworks in the early 1980s, and in 1994 it
sold to Pearson PLC for $460 million.
- In 1999, he co-founded eUniverse, which was later renamed Intermix Media and became the parent company of the social network site MySpace. NewsCorp bought Intermix for $560 million in 2005.
Abrams and his wife, Patricia, are lead supporters of the Simon Venture Capital Fund, an early state seen fund run by MBA and master’s students at the Simon Business School. He is also a member of the Simon School’s National Council and Advisory Council, and the University of Rochester’s San Francisco Network Leadership Cabinet. In 2017, he received the Simon School’s Distinguished Alumnus Award.
He serves on several private and nonprofit boards and is co-chair of the Capital Campaign for Marin Hospital in Marin County, California. The Abramses also established, with their son Matthew Abrams in ’02 and his wife, Lindsay, the Abrams Family Fund for Myotonic Dystrophy Research.
He received a bachelor’s degree in economics from the State University of New York at Buffalo, and an MBA in finance from the Simon Business School.
Joe has deep experience in helping early-stage, publicly held technology companies reach the next phase of growth.
Ruth Ann Kraemer, CPA
VP Sales and Marketing
For more than 20 years, Ruth Ann has excelled as a Financial, Operational, and Compliance Officer in the highly regulated industries of oil and gas, financial services, software development, consumer products, insurance, and real estate. In addition, she has served as Chief Financial and Compliance Officer for a SEC Registered Investment Advisor hedge fund located on the East Coast. Throughout her career, Ruth Ann has developed processes to ensure business efficiencies, and integrity in the reporting of regulatory compliance. She has been instrumental in investor relations and capital raise efforts and has positioned numerous private entities for the public markets. Ruth Ann has been selected by both FRA and InfoVest 21 as an expert panelist to speak on the development of successful business infrastructures. Ruth Ann graduated from Oklahoma State University in 1984 and was certified as a CPA the same year.
Ruth Ann has been selected by both FRA and InfoVest 21 as an expert panelist to speak on the development of successful business infrastructures.
Robert P. Cleverly
Managing Director, Arizona
Bob brings over 30 years of business experience in banking, financing, equipment leasing, marketing and sales. He has been successful in developing long-term relationships with C-level decision makers from diverse industries. His customer focused skills have helped his clients grow their businesses and take advantage of market conditions. His experience in financial matters and marketing has been beneficial to his clients. Bob received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Arizona in Tucson.
Brings over 30 years of business experience in banking, financing, equipment leasing, marketing and sales.
Robert J. Kaden
VP, Customer Insights
Bob has extensive marketing research experience. He has owned and operated two marketing research companies and conducted more than 5,000 research studies. His experience includes companies and brands that are both nationally and regionally marketed. He has worked with more than 200 business-to-consumer and business-to-business marketers. Bob has designed, managed and analyzed over a thousand market segmentation, brand image, attitude tracking, psychographic and database studies. He has worked across all levels of client management in developing strategic data in the areas of corporate, category, brand image and brand positioning. Bob is the Author of Guerrilla Marketing Research—Marketing Research Techniques That Can Help Any Business Make More Money. He is the co-author of MORE Guerrilla Marketing Research as well as co-editor of Leading Edge Marketing Research—21st Century Tools and Practices. He is a frequent lecturer and writer on the use marketing research for small businesses.
Has designed, managed and analyzed over a thousand market segmentation, brand image, attitude tracking, psychographic and database studies.
Sam Fereidouni, MD, MHSA
Managing Director of Healthcare Services
Sam is a practicing family physician with an active interest in medical technology and informatics.
- Medical Director
- Family medicine doctor with focus on diabetic patients
- Active clinical investigator in ongoing diabetes research trials
- 2013/2014 President of the American Diabetes Association community leadership board for the state of Arizona
- Active AACE (American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists) member and involved in a variety of community projects related to diabetes
- Diverse background in medical informatics and educational multimedia as well as a MHSA (Masters in Health Services Administration)
Dr. Fereidouni focuses his passion for clinical medicine, technology and business administration to improve the care of his patients through awareness and effective treatment. Sam completed his Family Practice Residency at University of Maryland, Franklin Square Hospital Baltimore, Maryland, and earned his Doctor of Medicine at St. Matthew’s University School of Medicine – Ambergris Caye, Belize. He also received a Master of Health Sciences Administration from St. Joseph’s College of Maine – Standish, Maine, and a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of California, San Diego – La Jolla California.
Directs the family medicine department of Arrowhead Health, a large multispecialty clinic and focuses his care on the advanced treatment of diabetes, metabolic and cardiovascular dysfunction.
Worked for Cummins Engine Company for twenty years where he managed worldwide price development, financial analysis including mergers and acquisitions, and was in charge of managing Cummins-owned distributors and turning around their profitability in preparation for resale. Mr. Thomas also managed Cummins distributor-owned facilities (54). In 1993 he became CEO and sole owner of the Cummins distributor in the southwest, which he sold in 2002. He was a board member of the sixth largest credit union in Indiana, along with being active with Junior Achievement and the Senior Citizen Center. Mr. Thomas packaged and negotiated the sale of a $250 million Cummins-owned finance company to Citicorp, and recently, as CEO of Capital Consortium. He currently coordinates a project for the adoption of two villages in Tanzania. In addition to his Board position with ValuCorp, he serves as a board member of Emissions Technology, Inc., and Purple Rhino Imports. Mr. Thomas holds an MBA-Finance and a Bachelor of Science degree from Western Michigan University.
Worked for Cummins Engine Company for twenty years where he managed worldwide price development, financial analysis including mergers and acquisitions, and was in charge of managing Cummins-owned distributors and turning around their profitability in preparation for resale.
William J. (“Joe”) Carter
Business Development Officer
Brings to ValuCorp more than thirty years of experience in business operations, computer systems and customer service. Joe’s sharp focus on the integration and maximization of operating units contributes to our assignment to increase value in the overall enterprise. In addition, he is a seasoned real estate investor, a licensee of the Arizona Department of Real Estate, and provides expertise in the structure and management of real estate investment entities. Joe received his BA from Arizona State University and an MBA from Western International University.
Joe’s sharp focus on the integration and maximization of operating units contributes to our assignment to increase value in the overall enterprise.
Business Development Officer – South
Gus began his merger and acquisition career as a Managing Director for a boutique M&A firm based in Los Angeles, California. He later started a business consulting firm in Houston, Texas, specializing in oil & gas, construction, transportation, and technology. Gus works with business owners in a variety of industries on strategic planning, business management, and exit strategies. He is based in the Austin Texas, serving clients in Texas and neighboring states.
Gus works with business owners in a variety of industries on strategic planning, business management, and exit strategies.
James F. Ferreira, Jr., MBA, JD
Business Development Officer – Northeast
James is an incisive executive who has spent more than twenty-five years enhancing product and service value in the business process outsourcing industry. His market differentiation skills have enabled him to create and maintain business value above traditional market rates. This value-adding service has helped companies with new growth of products and services, in highly price elastic commoditized markets. James’ broad background includes executive level sales, sales and operations management, manufacturing, logistics, quality management and technology. In addition, James provides thoughtful leadership in resolving complex legal issues, Six Sigma processes, and financial management. He has worked with clients in the mutual fund, banking, consulting, services, and manufacturing industries. James earned a BSBA from Bryant University, an MBA-Finance from Bentley University and a JD from Suffolk University Law School. James is based in Boston, serving clients in the Northeast.
James provides thoughtful leadership in resolving complex legal issues, Six Sigma processes, and financial management.
Robert A. Feinstein, MBA, JD
Business Development Officer – New York
Robert is an asset management executive with significant experience in real estate development, claims, litigation, risk, portfolio and property management. Robert has focused on creating, maintaining and optimizing value for real estate developers and investors by managing potential exposures, designing and implementing efficient systems and processes and identifying value add projects. Robert earned an AB from Dartmouth College, an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and a JD from Vanderbilt University School of Law.
Focused on creating, maintaining and optimizing value for real estate developers and investors by managing potential exposures, designing and implementing efficient systems and processes and identifying value add projects.
Business Development Officer – Philadelphia
Tamela has more than twenty years of experience in marketing, recruiting, outsourcing, employee retention, as well as digital advertising, and marketing. Her marketing skills in networking and social media has added value to the companies and executives that she has worked for. Tamela has helped develop training manuals for the Disney Vacation Club, and a recruitment campaign for Disney’s College Program; managed and directed internal and external partner/client teams responsible to launch FanFare Media’s brand roll-out in grocery stores; developed an in-house department providing new business development, promotions, and creative concept development for Career Services International; implements targeted recruitment/staffing goals for MFP Promotions; and, developed strategic and effective marketing initiatives for hibu, Inc. Tamela is a Certified Career Coach and a graduate of Syracuse University
Tamela has more than twenty years of experience in marketing, recruiting, outsourcing, employee retention, as well as digital advertising, and marketing.
Business Development Officer – Washington DC Metro
Laura works with business owners and executives in the public and private sectors. She has significant experience in the real estate development and business financing arena. Her international business experience includes working in Bangkok, Thailand with Thai executives to develop their cross cultural management and communication skills. Laura also has a degree in psychology and specializes in leadership development, strategic management, marketing and e-business. She is based in the Washington, DC area, serving clients in the mid-Atlantic region.
International business experience includes working in Bangkok, Thailand with Thai executives to develop their cross cultural management and communication skills.
Business Development Officer – West Coast
Todd’s 30-year career in sales commenced in New York in the high-end fashion apparel industry. Todd then moved into the role of Vice President of Sales and Marketing for a nationally renowned Lawyers Title Insurance Company where he was recognized as the top producer for ten consecutive years. For the past several years Todd has also served as the Vice President of Sales and Marketing for a merchant processing company headquartered in Newport Beach, California.
30-year career in sales commenced in New York in the high-end fashion apparel industry.
Morgan Reimler, MBA, PGA Candidate
Morgan’s MBA and analytical approach to golf contribute to her abilities as a Financial Analyst. As a rising PGA candidate and golf instructor and blogger, she also streams on our affiliate, Bonk.Be Live app to its growing lineup of top tier athletes and entertainers. After leading her Columbia, Missouri high school to its first ever state golf championship in 2011, Morgan attended Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois where she played on the college team and used her fifth year of eligibility to play for the Women’s Golf Team at Columbia College. While touring the region with her team, she also earned an MBA from Columbia College.
Morgan’s MBA and analytical approach to golf contribute to her abilities as a Financial Analyst.
Rachael Gilburd, JD, MPA 2020
Rachael received her Juris Doctor from Willamette University’s College of Law in 2017 and is a 2020 candidate for a Master’s in Public Administration from Grand Canyon University. Her significant legal, business and research acumen contribute to the integrity of all ValuCorp deliverables, including Business Valuations, Fairness Opinions, ESOP’s and Intellectual Property Appraisals.
Her significant legal, business and research acumen contribute to the integrity of all ValuCorp deliverables, including Business Valuations, Fairness Opinions, ESOP’s and Intellectual Property Appraisals.